East of England extremes
|Highest maximum temperature||Writtle||28.6|
|Lowest maximum temperature||Weybourne||20.9|
|Lowest minimum temperature||Writtle||14.0|
|Highest maximum temperature||Heathrow||29.8|
|Lowest maximum temperature||Fair Isle||14.4|
|Lowest minimum temperature||Carterhouse||7.8|
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Issued at: 0002 on Thu 24 Jul 2014
Location: 52.2075, 0.124
Altitude: 7m above mean sea level
Cambridge is a city that is renowned for its world famous university. The University of Cambridge, founded in 1209, is famed for not only being the second oldest university in the world but also for having more Nobel Prize winners amongst it’s alumni than any other university in history. To date, 61 former graduates have won the Nobel Prize, along with eight Fields Medals and two Abel Prizes.
But the city is about more than just education. Cambridge dates back to before the Roman Empire, where there is evidence of a settlement in the area from a 3,500 year old farmstead found in the ground of Fitzwilliam College. The current population of the city is around 130,000, with roughly 22,000 students.
In 1951, Cambridge was granted its City Charter in recognition of its historic importance and economic success.
This economic success can be seen clearly with Cambridge at the heart of high-tech industry. The area known as Silicon Fen — a play on Silicon Valley and the fens (wetland) surrounding the city. Its economic power lies in industries such as software and bioscience, many of these companies were created by graduates of the University. Over 40% of the workforce has a higher education qualification, more than twice the national average.
Cambridge is one of the driest places in the UK, receiving around � national average of rainfall and rarely seeing a white Christmas.
Cambridge is also known for playing a major role in the invention of the modern game of football. In 1863, members of the university wrote the first set of rules and game was played on Parker’s Piece — a game largely considered to be the first game of football as we would recognise it today.
The city is also known for its extensive list of events through the year, most famous of which is Midsummer Fair which dates back to 1211. This remains one of the largest outdoor markets in Europe and runs for the three days, leading up to Midsummer’s Day. In 2009, Cambridge hosted the second largest Beer Festival outside of London and served an impressive 90,000 pints of beer!